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Defective tyres continue to be a common sight on our roads

The reporting of motorists being penalised by Gardaí for travelling on defective tyres seems to be a regular fixture here on TyreTrade.ie.

It truely baffles me that so many people in this country seem to think it is acceptable to drive a vehicle with unroadworthy tyres.

The tyre is the only part of a vehicle that makes contact with the road, so having safe, appropriate tyres fitted to your vehicle is essential. It seems obvious, but this message appears to be falling on so many deaf ears.

If you drive with damaged or worn tyres, you are putting your own life and the life of others at risk.

The Irish Tyre Industry Association (ITIA) claims that defective tyres are a contributory factor to approximately 14 road deaths every year in Ireland.

It also says that each month, 8,500 vehicles are classified as being dangerously defective for “tyre tread” and “tyre condition” across the NCT and CVRT testing systems. This is simply not good enough.

Yesterday, Gardaí in Elphin, Co Roscommon stopped the driver of a vehicle with a bald front tyre. The car was also found to be without NCT, tax or insurance.

The car was seized and proceedings will follow for the driver, Gardaí say.

(Image: @GardaTraffic Twitter)

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) states that by law, it is a driver’s responsibility to make sure that their vehicle meets legal requirements and is in a roadworthy condition at all times.

If you are convicted of the offence of driving with dangerous tyres, you could be fined up to €2,500, or receive a 3-month prison sentence, or both.

You will also have five penalty points on your licence on conviction.